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2 more suspects charged in beating of homeless man in Reading

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 28 2014 10:15:50 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 04:47:43 AM CST

Two more suspects have been charged in the attack and robbery of a sleeping homeless man in Reading.

READING, Pa. -

Two more suspects have been charged in the attack and robbery of a sleeping homeless man in Reading.

Irich Colon turned herself in to authorities, and an arrest warrant is out for Floyd Patterson in connection to the Jan. 12 attack, which was captured on surveillance video inside Penn Street Laundromat in the 900 block of Penn Street.

Patterson, 23, remains at large, but Colon's conscience got the best of her and she surrendered on Monday with her pastor and family by her side, said police.

"We actually were getting tips from state police as well as probation and parole on both these individuals," said Capt. Jeffrey Parr, Reading Police Dept.

That ambush lasted for minutes. Four people were seen kicking and punching the homeless man repeatedly. The victim told 69 News he suffered a concussion and spent five days in the hospital.

"It's not just for my brain to heal, but now who do I trust? This is like a safe haven to me," said the victim, who asked to remain anonymous.

The victim said he doesn't understand why he was targeted, but now police said the motive was really a lie. One of the people in the group reportedly told Colon the victim attacked her. Police said the video shows that is not true, and the victim was sleeping.

Patterson goes by the name of "HULK," and neighbors living on his block hope he is brought to justice.

"I just pray they catch him because to beat on an older man who's homeless is really sad," said Jacqueline Echevarria.

"I hope that never happens to anybody else. The police are doing a good job," said William Colon.

Irich Colon is in the Berks County Jail. A judge set her bail at $40,000. Two other suspects, Ana Ferrer-Reyes and Keith Darnell Allison, have already been arrested. All of them are facing serious charges.

Anyone with information that can help police locate Patterson is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.